Approximately more than 1.5 billion people around the globe live with a disability. More than 75 % of them dwell in third world countries where there is rare awareness of how to deal with the disability condition. These people face different challenges each and every day. For instance, they are denied the opportunity to get a good education and well-paying job opportunities.
The worldwide disability summit which more than eight hundred delegates participated from all over the world geared to educate people on matters to do with disability and other challenges the disabled are facing each day. Before the summit was held, the leadership of the international organizations from the United Kingdom signed a letter to express optimism and hope towards the summit objectives.
Despite many talks for decades regarding the challenges the disabled group face, and great commitments in dealing with these challenges, these laws have not been enforced nor implemented.
One of the summits which were held in London which was organized to discuss four themes was geared at dedicating worldwide efforts towards:
- Respect and Dignity for all people regardless of race and physical challenges
- All inclusive education
- Advanced technology and innovation
- Economic empowerment
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In the summit, Sightsavers outlined its own mission and vision of the things it wished to see them accomplished at that summit. It expresses the need for all the people who were in attendant to make commitments on how they were going to include the disabled in their objectives. It encouraged accountability and transparency on matters to do with commitments that were made during the summit. During the summit, Sightsavers with other worldwide partners succeeded in achieving the set goals.
During the summit, many signatories were for the idea of commitment to change. They signed and supported the idea of equity and inclusivity among the people living with disabilities
In conclusion, Sightsavers was at the forefront in advocating for change, equity and inclusion for people living with a disability. The commitments that were made during the summit were corresponding with the Sightsavers efforts for a long period of time. For the last few decades, Sightsavers have been supporting the United Kingdom government in playing a key role in advocating for worldwide inclusivity for the disabled.